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Hotel Riu Monica
Ranked #5 of 37 Hotels in Nerja
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Reviewed December 21, 2013

You can constantly guarantee that this hotel never disappoints.We went the first two weeks in December and the weather was excellent. Constant sunshine with temperatures of 17-18c and no rain.
The Riu Monica has always had a good reputation for its food,the quality and variety will take some beating. The staff are always friendly and pleasant at whatever level with reception going out of their way to assist with any enquiry you may have. The bedrooms and public areas are spotlessly clean, albeit the beds are on the hard side (small tip , it helps if you request to have a blanket placed on top of the mattress). No tea making facilities in room so best take travel kettle. Rooms with even numbers get afternoon sun. I think the price of the safe hire for two weeks at 31 euros was a little excessive. Other than that could highly recommend this hotel. We have booked yet again for next year.
There are several bars and restaurants accross the road offering beers from 2 e a pint and brandy at 2.5 e. Sancks reasonably priced also. We did however find another bar called BAR RAFAEL which has sun all day. It is situated on the opposite side of the road as you turn right out of the Monica on c/Chaparil, Almirante Carraura17b. Opens 10am to late and offers a free tapas with drink purchased. Really nice couple who own it. There is however a huge choice of pleasant bars, cafes, restaurants nearby and in Nerja town. One day we had lunch in La Forja one of the restaurants opposite the hotel and it was just awfull. Terrible service and even worse food.!.
To conclude great hotel and Nerja a great place to visit the latter being quiet at this time of year.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 18, 2013

My mother-in-law found us a great deal for flights and half board for 1 week, she had stayed previously at the hotel and informed us the food was very good and the hotel was good.
We stayed from 1 - 8 Dec 2013, the hotel was really good and the food was good. My partner is wheat Intolerant and they provided gluten free bread for her. The food was of a good standard and the hotel was very clean, personally I found the bed a bit hard. The area of Nerja is lovely and you can easily walk to the Balcon de Europe in Nerja, there are some really nice shops and resturants. I managed to buy some leather belts which were very good value for money.
We would go back if we found the same deal about £550.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 14, 2013

Just returned from a lovely relaxing stay. Hotel was marvellous, staff were wonderful, helpful, friendly and all spoke several languages. Food was great. Good choice well & cooked. In fact the dining area was one of the best I have been to. Despite being busy on some occasions, it was not cramped & food was replaced immediately it was running low. We were also very fortunate with the weather so took advantage of the pool area & snack bar. Again a very enjoyable experience. Hotel is very well situated with a few shops & bars opposite entrance & a private gate at the rear takes you straight onto the promenade & beach. Would go back in a heartbeat!

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank MaryanneLiverpool
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Reviewed December 14, 2013

We had been looking forward to staying at the Riu Monica after reading the reviews and were not disappointed. I had emailed the hotel to ask for a high floor with a sunny balcony and that's just what we got - room 748. The room was spotlessly clean, spacious with a large balcony. There was a TV (BBC1 and ITV1) and fridge with supplies of shampoo, soap etc. The safe was around 15 euros to hire. There were no tea and coffee (we took our own). The only disappointment was the bed - normally they are usually firm abroad, however the beds in the room were the most uncomfortable we have slept in - hard and uncomfortable - it's a pity when everything else at the hotel was so impressive.
There was so much choice of food - I defy anyone to not overeat!
The staff were courteous and couldn't be more helpful.
Wi-Fi was available for 90 minutes (in one go) for free in the lobby. This was per device so if you need more time take more Wi-Fi enabled gadgets. If you wanted Wi-Fi in your room it was available but also payable.
The hotel offered free beach towels too which was a nice touch. We discovered an indoor swimming pool (the water was quite cold!), and also a Gym.
We would definitely recommend this hotel and would stay again (despite the poor sleep quality)

Room Tip: Request a high room, sunny balcony
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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Claireg17
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Reviewed December 12, 2013

I have stayed at various hotels here in Nerja but now would always recommend Riu Monica this is now 6th stay here and cannot say anything else but positive things, the staff all longstanding are so helpful and friendly.it is so clean and food of very high standard. If you cannot find something to eat from the extensive choice you are too fussy.
I can recommend this hotel it's situation right down to the sea with beautiful lawn area and terraced down to bottom level where the pool is.lifts available for anyone with mobility problem, rooms available on ground and lower level, my room on 5th floor, twin bedded rooms, t.v. Bathroom fully equipped with bath/shower bidet ,hair dryer. Mini bar fridge where you can store your own drinks too. Many repeat guests which speaks volumes. Book a holiday here and you will not be disappointed. My only slight criticism is l wish they would get some fluffy soft towels but that is personal choice and they still dry you so no problem.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled solo
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5  Thank Wendy S
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Reviewed December 12, 2013

We spent 3 weeks at the Riu Monica in Nerja and had a wonderful time. First of all, we were extremely lucky with the weather which is always a bonus. The hotel is well situated: by the sea, opposite some tapas bars and pizzerias, 50 m from a bus stop, 900 m from the town center with all its little shops, restaurants and bars, and, cherry on the cake, about 50 m from the car rental Company Europcar and its parking which was most convenient. The rooms were kept spotless, shower curtain and towels were changed every day. We had a room on the 5th floor which had an excellent sea view with amazing sunrises. Breakfast was copious and had a good choice of eggs, bread, buns, cereals, sliced cheese etc. Cooked breakfast was prepared in front the guests by very friendly and helpful staff. There was a buffet for dinner; once again the choice and the quality of the dishes was very good. Something for every one's taste! As for Internet, each guest was allowed 90 minutes per day, to be used in one go.
The only minus point was the thinness of the towels which did not seem to match the comfort of the hotel/ room. We would without any doubt recommend this hotel to any one visiting Nerja.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 5, 2013

Our third stay at the 'Rui Monica' - a spacious hotel with many advantages to please the most discerning of travellers.
Friendly welcomes by the reception and dining room staff coupled with cheerful cleaners and maintenance personnel.
Compared with other hotels, that we have stayed at in Nerja over the last 20 years, the advantages far outweigh disadvantages:
Larger rooms with 'sunrise' or 'sunset' (part) sea views and adequate number of lifts.
Carpeted corridors and rooms prevent disturbance from inconsiderate guests who insist on clip-clopping around in hard soles shoes at all times of the night!
The dining area is buffet service with plenty of excellent food on offer for the 'big' (greedy) eaters and the varied enough for the 'fussy' eaters.
Our only gripes were the thin towels and creaky beds with hard mattresses and bolster pillows.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: Playa de la Torrecilla | Nerja - Málaga, 29780 Nerja, Spain
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Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Nerja
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Nerja
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Nerja
#6 Romantic Hotel in Nerja
Price Range: $128 - $307 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Riu Monica 4*
Number of rooms: 234
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Renovated in 2016, Adults Only Hotel Riu Monica opens all year round and is located just off the promenade, on the beautiful La Torrecilla beach. The RIU Classic Hotels offer comfortable rooms and excellent facilities with great leisure and relaxation facilities, as well as international gastronomy. Enjoy a relaxing holiday - whether alone, with family, partner or friends! The location is ideal due to its proximity to Malaga Airport AGP (80km) and Nerja (800m) and invites you to explore the area. The hotel has 234 comfortably furnished rooms and offers modern amenities. Relax with a massage or get in shape in the gym. 1 outdoor pool, 1 indoor pool. Day and evening entertainment. For lovers of gastronomy, we offer live cooking stations at our main restaurant, a Spanish specialty restaurant, as well as 2 bars. ... more   less 
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